LOS ANGELES – The 3rd Latinos de Hoy Awards, highlighting the many contributions the Hispanic community makes to the United States, were presented in a ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
“We are proud to continue to recognize important Hispanic leaders in the worlds of entertainment, sports, culture, education and the arts through Latinos de Hoy,” Roaldo Moran, publisher and general manager of the Spanish-language newspaper Hoy Los Angeles, said at the event on Sunday.
An example of the diversity honored were several prizewinning members of the cast and crew of “East Los High,” a drama series in English that relates the experiences, challenges and heartaches of Latino teenagers at a high school in the strongly Hispanic neighborhood of East Los Angeles.
“Every day I get messages from so many young people who are inspired by the show,” said Vanessa Vasquez, who plays Camila in the series.
The most moving moment of the event presented by Liz Hernandez, known as “Queen of Entertainment News,” was the recognition of the decades-long efforts of Dolores Huerta, the 85-year-old activist who together with Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union, or UFW, which played a key role in organizing agricultural laborers and protecting them under the law.
For years, Huerta has led multiple campaigns in defense of women, immigrants, gays and minorities.
“We have to honor Hispanics particularly here in the United States, because many Americans still don’t understand what we are, our families, our values, it’s important that they know who we are,” Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez told EFE.
The restauranteur from Oaxaca, Bricia Vasquez, was honored as Cultural Ambassador, while Giovani dos Santos, winner in the Excellence in Sports category, has become the pride of Latinos since arriving in Los Angeles with the Major League Soccer team Galaxy.
Castulo De La Rocha was recognized as the Pioneer in Health, actor and writer Luis Guzman took the Humanitarian award, and Rafael Agustin was named the Emerging Leader.
The Latinos de Hoy Awards is a joint initiative of the Los Angeles Times and the Spanish-language newspaper Hoy, both published by the Tribune Media Company.